Falcons accuse Lions of taunting Ryan when he was down
Matt Ryan missed two plays in the third quarter Sunday at Detroit after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback fell over an offensive lineman and tweaked his left knee.
The Falcons feared it was a serious injury at first, but he came back quickly.
It’s what happened while Ryan was down that has infuriated the team. Center Todd McClure told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that while Ryan was down Detroit defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril taunted him.
“I had respect for Suh before the game,” McClure said. “But when Matt was on the ground, the things he was saying and the trash he was talking was definitely uncalled for. There are certain things you don’t do. (He said), ‘Get the cart’ and several other things that I can’t repeat.”
If that is true, that isn’t the way the game should be played. Of course, we don’t have Suh’s side of the action here. Maybe McClure was mic’d up. That would certainly clear up any questions as to what actually was said.
“I lost a whole lot of respect for 90 (Suh) today, and also 92 (Avril), the (censored) they were doing when Matt got hurt,” wide receiver Roddy White said. “That was unacceptable. … Like 92 was kicking (Ryan’s) feet, saying, ‘Get him off the field.’ We don’t do stuff like that. We don’t rally over guys when they get hurt. It was just inappropriate behavior. I mean, ‘Get the cart’? Are you serious? Come on. When you compete, you never want to see a guy get hurt.”
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